100% cabernet franc
tapteil, n. a. Yakama, narrow river, b. Red Mountain vineyard named for its site above the Yakima River where the Tapteilmin lived,
tapteil old vine cabernet franc, n. a. A unique single varietal Cadence bottling from fruit grown on Tapteil Vineyard.
Red Mountain 100% Cabernet Franc
This is the first 100% Cabernet Franc we have offered. It is from the oldest Cabernet
Franc planted on Red Mountain, way back in 1987. It was raised in 100% new
oak, split between Darnajou and Taransaud. There was only one barrel, or 390 bottles, produced. Five cases of this wine sold for $13,000, an astonishing $250 per bottle at the recent Private Barrel Auction at the Auction of Washington Wines.
The wine leads with intense aromas of plum, blackberry, minerals, hints of rose and well
integrated oak spice. The palate carries through with these flavors, but the sheer impact and
intensity set this apart from the normal Tapteil bottling. Structurally elegant, the tannins are
present but fine and caressing rather than dry or dusty, the type that will carry a wine 20
years but aren’t at all intrusive. This unique bottling is our benchmark for Cabernet Franc
in Washington State.